UPDATED 22:53 PM EDT, May 7, 2013 | By Bruce Smith
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four years after scandal derailed his political career, ex-Republican Gov. Mark Sanford once again holds a South Carolina political office, winning back his old congressional seat Tuesday after a race in which he battled his past and an opponent who outdid him in fundraising.
Sanford's resurrection was completed when he defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, in a district that hasn't elected a Democratic congressman in more than three decades.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress easily approved legislation Friday ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily, infuriating travelers and causing political headaches for lawmakers.
The House approved the measure on a 361-41 vote, a day after the Senate swiftly agreed to the bill. The vote came as lawmakers prepared to leave town for a weeklong spring recess, a break that would have been less pleasant if they were confronted by constituents upset over travel delays.
Federal employees may be furloughed, Navy patrols reduced and everyday citizens inconvenienced by the sequester budget cuts that take effect Friday, but there's one group of Americans who won't have to worry about paychecks: members of Congress.
The White House Office of Management and Budget and the Clerk of the House of Representatives say lawmakers can't suffer any salary cuts from the sequester because of a provision amended into the U.S. Constitution.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, explaining that he wants a "quieter time" to focus on his family following a busy political career that has included a stint as governor and President George W. Bush's agriculture secretary.
The Nebraska Republican announced in a statement that was retiring from the Senate after one term. He said he and his wife, Stephanie, had decided that the time has come "to close this chapter of our lives."
Bracing for the possibility of budget sequestration next month, the Homeland Security Department is making plans to furlough as many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and others employees, officials say.
Congressional investigators have pieced together a series of decisions that led State Department officials to inexplicably draw down security in Libya last year even as threats and attacks against Western diplomats were rising in the violent, chaotic city of Benghazi where America’s ambassador was killed last Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of "significant interest" from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress.
Nearly two years after he was censured by the House for failing to disclose more than $500,000 in assets, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has revealed he forgot to include other required information on his congressional financial disclosure report, including a small annuity owned by his wife and two unpaid board positions he held.
With little fanfare, Rangel earlier this month amended a decade of his congressional ethics reports to include the missing assets.